Pottawattamie County Man Sentenced to Prison for Firearms Offenses
COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA – On June 1, 2016, Nicholas M. Malone, 27, of Pottawattamie County, was sentenced by Chief United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to 60 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for felon in possession of a firearms and possession of stolen firearms charges, announced Acting United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel.
Malone entered his guilty pleas on February 23, 2016, to illegally possessing stolen firearms, based on his arrest on June 5, 2015, by the Council Bluffs Police Department. At the time of his arrest, Malone was operating a stolen pick-up truck and was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, a loaded .40 caliber hand-gun, a Tikka .204 Rifle, and assorted ammunition. The firearms and ammunition had been reported stolen from Oakland, Iowa prior to Malone’s arrest.
This matter was investigated by the Council Bluffs Police Department, with support from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.